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June 1, 2015 04:48 PM
Former Angels third baseman John McDonald retires from MLB
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

The Angels announced third baseman John McDonald has retired from the major leagues.

In 2014, McDonald played in 95 games and hit .171 with five RBI.

June 1, 2015 09:17 PM
Lefty starter fuels lineup changes Friday for Angels
by Marty Gitlin |

Angels designated hitter Raul Ibanez has received a rare day off Friday to avoid Detroit left-hander Drew Smyly. Howie Kendrick is set to serve as the DH with defensive specialist John McDonald taking over at second base.

June 1, 2015 09:49 PM
John McDonald makes opening day roster
by Chris Cwik |

Angels infielder John McDonald has made the opening day roster, according to

McDonald was added to the club's 40-man roster, which means he will likely serve as a utility infielder on the major-league club. The team had to pay him a $100,000 bonus if McDonald was not on the 40-man roster by today. McDonald hit .116 in 69 at-bats last year. He's regarded as a strong fielder. 

June 1, 2015 11:07 PM
John McDonald signs with Angels
by Chris Cwik |

Free-agent shortstop John McDonald has signed with the Angels.

The 39-year-old played for four different teams last season. Throughout his career, he's been considered an elite defensive player. 

June 2, 2015 05:06 PM
Red Sox become free agents
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

In addition to outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, first baseman Mike Napoli and shortstop Stephen Drew, who were extended qualifying offers, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was not, Red Sox relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan and infielder John McDonald have filed for free agency. Relief pitcher Matt Thornton is also a free agent, having had his team option declined.

June 2, 2015 07:04 PM
Red Sox add John McDonald to roster
by Jeff Lippman |

The Red Sox added infielder John McDonald to the active roster Sunday, reports. McDonald has already played in major league games with Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Philadelphia this season. 

June 2, 2015 07:05 PM
Red Sox trade for John McDonald
by Igor Mello |

The Phillies traded infielder John McDonald to the Red Sox for right-handed reliever Nefi Ogando, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Saturday.

McDonald batted .174/.208/.304 with one home run and three RBI in 23 at-bats with the Phillies. Ogando posted a 4.09 ERA in 55 innings of relief with Class A Carolina.

June 2, 2015 07:16 PM
Phillies use John McDonald as pitcher in extra-inning game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies infielder John McDonald was called on to record the final out in the 18th inning Saturday against the Diamondbacks. McDonald, who replaced outfielder Casper Wells, allowed two hits and struck out one batter in a 12-7 loss.

"I wouldn't call what I did pitching," said McDonald, who thought he last pitched when he was 15 or 16 years old in American Legion ball, per "I was just trying to compete and get us out of the inning."

June 2, 2015 09:51 AM
John McDonald traded to Phillies
by Chris Cwik |

Indians infielder John McDonald has been traded to the Phillies, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

McDonald was designated for assignment by the Indians Wednesday to make room for Asdrubal Cabrera. McDonald is known mainly as a defensive specialist. He's hitting just .058 /.163/.079 in 38 at-bats. The Indians will receive a player to be named later or cash for McDonald. 

June 2, 2015 09:52 AM
Indians DFA infielder John McDonald
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Indians infielder John McDonald was designated for assignment Wednesday to clear a roster spot for Asdrubal Cabrera, who was activated off the 15-day disabled list. McDonald was hitless in seven at-bats (eight games) for Cleveland. 

June 2, 2015 10:22 AM
John McDonald a veteran backup
by Jeff Lippman |

Indians manager Terry Francona detailed what he expects newly acquired infielder John McDonald's role to be with the team, reports Tuesday. 

Francona said McDonald will provide a backup for the Indians at second base, shortstop and third. He brings strong defense and is a good veteran for the clubhouse. 

June 2, 2015 10:23 AM
John McDonald officially with Indians
by Jeff Lippman |

The Indians have officially announced the acquisition of infielder John McDonald from the Pirates Monday, reports. Brett Myers was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the roster. 

The 38-year-old McDonald has gone 2 for 31 (.065) this season for the Pirates over 16 games. Prior to being acquired by the Indians, McDonald was at Triple-A Indianapolis. 

McDonald was acquired for a player to be named later and/or cash. 

June 2, 2015 10:23 AM
Report: Indians acquire infielder John McDonald
by Jeff Lippman |

The Indians reportedly have acquired infielder John McDonald from Pittsburgh, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Monday. The report is not confirmed.

McDonald's jersey was being brought into the Cleveland locker room before Monday's game in Texas. 

The 38-year-old McDonald has gone 2 for 31 (.065) this season for the Pirates over 16 games. Prior to being acquired by the Indians, McDonald was at Triple-A Indianapolis. 

June 2, 2015 10:31 AM
John McDonald back in action
by Igor Mello |

Pirates infielder John McDonald, who was scratched from his last scheduled rehab start with soreness in his lower back, returned to action Saturday for Triple-A Indianapolis.

McDonald finished 1 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. He could return from the disabled list in the next few days.

June 2, 2015 10:35 AM
John McDonald hitless in first two rehab games
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

Pirates infielder John McDonald has gone 0 for 7 in his first two rehab starts at Triple-A Indianapolis as of Wednesday, according to He is expected to need four rehab starts before the team brings him back from the disabled list.

June 2, 2015 10:39 AM
John McDonald ready for rehab
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

Pirates infielder John McDonald will begin his minor-league rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Indianapolis, according to manager Clint Hurdle. He is expected to play four games, two each at shortstop and then second base, before being re-evaluated.

McDonald has been on the disabled list since May 14 due to back and elbow injuries. 

June 2, 2015 10:46 AM
John McDonald dealing with elbow issue
by Igor Mello |

Pirates infielder John McDonald, on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain, is also experiencing elbow discomfort, manager Clint Hurdle told Saturday.

McDonald is expected to go on a rehab assignment before he would be activated. He has been sidelined since May 14 and was hitless in his last six games before landing on the DL.

June 2, 2015 10:49 AM
John McDonald lands on 15-day DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Pirates placed infielder John McDonald on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a lower back strain. McDonald, who is hitless in six May games (0 for 12), is batting .065 through 16 games.

June 2, 2015 10:50 AM
John McDonald leaves with back pain
by Ed Gauna |

Pirates infielder John McDonald left Tuesday's game against the Brewers in the 12th inning due to lower back pain, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. He went 0 for 1 before the early exit. 

McDonald is batting .065 on the year.

June 2, 2015 11:49 AM
Source: Arizona deals John McDonald to Pirates
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

FOX Sports reports the Diamondbacks traded infielder John McDonald to the Pirates on Wednesday, according to a source.

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